Sunday, August 23, 2015

Blast from the past...the Amphibious Trailer.

Everyone with even a passing interest in WW2, German armor and amphibious operations knows about the  Landwasserschlepper (above), the Nazi logistics/amphibian.

What they might not know about is the second part of the vehicle system...the amphibious trailer...Below are a few pics of the complete system....

Its actually pretty impressive.  While the Landwasserschlepper could carry approx 20 troops the trailer would add an additional 10-20 tons of cargo to each trip.

What is the lesson for today?  The AAV, follow on ACV will lose their cargo carrying ability due to blast seats being installed.  Could a few Amphibious Trailers make up for this shortfall?

I just don't know.

What I do know is that the Ground Combat Element is depending more and more on aviation for transportation, fires...and logistics.

What happens if a cunning, clever and cruel enemy decide to challenge, degrade and/or eliminate the aviation part of our combat team because they realize how reliant we are on it?  How do we supply our Marines then?  

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